My talent for putting things off amazes even me. I can know something needs to be done. I can have more than enough time to do it. I can have all the resources needed to do it. It could even be fun to do, and yet I find myself putting it off.
Rarely, I put things off because other things have a higher priority at the moment. But that's rarely. Most of the time I put things off because of some sort of mental block, not against doing them, but against getting started.
This post is a perfect example. My goal is to publish one post per week on Friday or Saturday. I have faithfully accomplished that goal for over six months. Yet here it is, Sunday afternoon and only now am I starting to put words on paper (or electrons on the screen if you want to be accurate).
And the problem was not that I had no subject. I maintain a list of potential subjects and am prepared to write on any of them.
No. The problem is that, like a child avoiding his homework, I found myself actively avoiding doing the one thing that would accomplish my goal. For two days, I avoided opening Blogger and typing in a title and opening paragraph. I wasn't going to do it, and nothing could make me.
And the one thing that got me started was to remember the sentence "Just open the computer and type the first sentence. And smile."
Just open the computer. Just do the first physical action and follow it with the second that's enough to get started. The next action follows, the ideas start flowing and I fall into the rhythm of writing.
Smiling simply makes it more pleasant.
After many years, I have learned that true motivation comes from within. No one can motivate anyone to do something they don't want to do.
And I've learned that staying motivated requires that one take the first step, and then the next one, and so forth in order to completion.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And then the next, and so forth.
What project do you need to complete?
What is the first small and simple thing you must do? What is the first step?
Why don't you just do it?
Do it now.